Fox Sports Australia – Between multiple franchise-based T20 leagues, the one-day internationals, Tests, domestic cricket and international T20s, players are on the road for 11 or even 12 months of the year.

Summary

  • Between multiple franchise-based T20 leagues, the one-day internationals, Tests, domestic cricket and international T20s, players are on the road for 11 or even 12 months of the year.
  • Over time the riches of short form cricket have seen players retire prematurely from the first-class arena, while governing bodies such as Cricket Australia (CA) have found it increasingly difficult to keep all stakeholders happy given how much cricket is being played.
  • Lehmann, who retired from first-class cricket in 2007 and played in an early edition of the Indian Premier League, believes context is king when it comes to one-day internationals in particular and urged CA to adopt a ‘less is more’ approach to its scheduling.
  • “The scheduling is the biggest problem in the world game,” Lehmann said on 3AW’s Sportsday on Monday evening.
  • The same occurred in India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2017, while the popularity of long-form cricket has been declining in the West Indies for at least 20 years to the point where most of the region’s best cricketers choose T20 riches around the world over the long hard toil of the red ball and white clothing.


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